Last year, millions of South Koreans joined marches to demand that President Park Geun-hye step down over an influence-peddling scandal. But the protests also drew on popular grievances over growing economic inequalities. In an email interview, Anthony P. D’Costa discusses income inequality in South Korea.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo recently pledged that his administration would focus on reducing economic disparities, calling on ministers to accelerate the implementation of the government’s poverty-eradication programs. In an email interview, Matthew Wai-Poi discusses inequality in Indonesia.
A study by Oxfam found that inequality is on the rise in India, and that the richest 1 percent of Indians control 58 percent of the country’s total wealth. In an email interview, Vamsi Vakulabharanam, an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, discusses income inequality in India.